Obituaries

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Sr. Mary Mercedes Johnson

Cook, pastoral minister

Sister of Christian Charity Mary Mercedes (Marie) Johnson, 91, died Sept. 27 at Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette. She was 91 years old.

Born in Minnesota, she entered the candidacy in 1941. She made first vows in 1946 and perpetual vows in 1952.

For 46 years, she ministered as a cook in convents in Wilmette, Chicago and other cities in the Midwest, and at the Generalate in Rome.

In 1992 she volunteered to go to Fulton, Missouri, where she embarked on a new ministry: parish visitor and director of an after-school program. She returned to Wilmette in 2008.

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Sr. Hilda Nadine Sheehan

Educator, vicaress

Adrian Dominican Sister Hilda Nadine (Carl Edward) Sheehan, 81, died Oct. 4, while attending a Dominican Sisters Conference at the Mary-knoll Sisters in Ossining, New York.

Born in Michigan, she was in the 62nd year of her religious life.

She was an educator in Illinois, Michigan, California and Georgia, and a family nurse practitioner and primary care nurse in Kentucky and Michigan. In 2017 she was appointed vicaress of the Adrian Dominican Vicariate, where she served until her death.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Mary of Mount Carmel (1957-1961); St. Rita Elementary (1961-1965); Bishop Quarter, Oak Park (1965-1966); and Queen of Angels (1966-1968).

She is survived by three sisters: Laurine Jessop, Sharon Crisan and Jacqueline Noonan; and one brother, Carl.

 

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Sr. Marie Amanda Allard

Educator, prioress

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Marie Amanda Allard, 91, died Oct. 7 in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Born in Kewanee, Illinois, Sister Marie Amanda made her first religious profession in 1947 and her final profession in 1950.

After teaching and serving as a principal for 21 years, Sister Marie Amanda was elected prioress of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation for two terms, serving from 1967 to 1977 and leading the congregation through the changes of the Second Vatican Council.

Sister Marie Amanda also ministered in diocesan administration, including director of education, director of the permanent diaconate program and as director of lay ministry formation, totaling 19 years. She served in Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Texas and Oklahoma. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marie Amanda taught at Epiphany (1947-1954).

 

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Sr. Phyllis Nolan

Missionary

Daughter of Charity Phyllis Nolan, 83, died Oct. 9.

Born in Chicago, Sister Phyllis graduated from the Immaculata and entered the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul from St. Bartholomew Parish in 1953.

She taught in Missouri, Nevada, Puerto Rico and Texas.

In 1979, she went as a missionary to Bolivia, serving in catechetical and pastoral ministry in Trinidad, La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba before returning to the United States in 2000.

She then served in pastoral ministry in Texas and Arkansas, and as a legal assistant, English as a Second Language teacher and advocate for unaccompanied minors in Texas before returning to the Seton Residence in Evansville, Indiana, in 2014.

Fr. Anthony Adducci

Hospital chaplain

Father Anthony Adducci, 67, died Sept. 30. He retired in 2016 after serving most recently as chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago.

Born in Chicago, Father Adducci attended St. Anthony of Padua School, Quigley South Preparatory Seminary and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1976.

He served as associate pastor at St. Ferdinand and Holy Rosary before serving as chaplain at St. Anne Hospital, St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital and most recently at St. Joseph Hospital.

Father Dennis Zalecki, a classmate and pastor emeritus of St. Anastasia Parish in Waukegan, had known Father Adducci since their high school years at Quigley South. “He was a very good priest and friend, and humor was one of his outstanding characteristics.”

According to Father Zalecki, although Father Adducci’s health had been fragile, he always maintained a sense of hopefulness.

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Sr. M. Michaeline Pakrosnis

Dietician

Sister of St. Casimir M. Michaeline Pakrosnis, 88, died Sept. 7 at Mother Theresa Home in Lemont.

A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Sister Michaeline entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1948 and made her final vows in 1956. 

She ministered in Sisters of St. Casimir institutions and local convents in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, New Mexico, Maryland and Florida. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at Providence of God Convent (1954-1955); St. Bartholomew Convent, Waukegan (1955-1956); St. Norbert Convent, Northbrook (1964-1965); and the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Casimir (1973-2007).

She served in the ministry of prayer and presence at the SSC Motherhouse and Franciscan Village (2007-2018). 

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Sr. Dorothy Lynch

Educator, pastoral associate

Sister of St. Joseph Dorothy (Kathleen) Lynch, 88, died Sept. 12.

She had been in religious life for 69 years, and she earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and two master’s degrees, one from Loyola and one from DePaul University.

She was on the leadership team at Nazareth Academy, La Grange Park, and at St. Paul High School.

Sister Dorothy was president of the Sisters of St. Joseph of La Grange, executive director of the Christian Life Center in La Grange and pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier Parish, La Grange.

She is survived by her siblings Vincent Lynch, Servite Father Myles (Tom) Lynch and Norine (John) King.

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Sr. Mary Presentia Nitecke

Music educator, medical records clerk

Felician Sister Mary Presentia (Lucy) Nitecke, 101, died on Sept. 16 at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.

Born in Milwaukee, she entered the Felician Sisters in 1936 and professed her final vows in 1944. She served primarily as a music teacher for more than 40 years at various schools in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Texas and North Dakota. She also ministered at St. Francis Hospital in Milwaukee as a medical records clerk for 30 years.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered at St. Helen (1936-1937, 1965-1966); St. Joseph (1938-1938, 1960-1961); St. Bruno (1939-1940); St. Mary Magdalene (1944-1947, 1966-1967); St. Stanislaus, Posen (1947-1948, 1973-1975); Holy Innocents, (1948-1949); St. John of God (1956-1958); St. James (1958-1959); Sacred Heart (1959-1960); St. Bronislava (1964-1965) and Our Lady of Ransom, Niles (1968-1969).

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Sr. Jeanne Moceyunas

Missionary

Sister of St. Casimir Jeanne Moceyunas, 82, died Sept. 20 in Cordoba, Argentina.

Born in Pennsylvania, Sister Jeanne entered the Sisters of St. Casimir in 1956 and made her final vows in 1964. She ministered in New Mexico and in Rosario and Cordoba, Argentina.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Nativity BVM School (1959-1962), St. George School, Bridgeport (1963-1964), and Sts. Peter and Paul School, West Pullman (1964-1966).

She was missioned to Argentina in 1967 and spent 51 years there. 
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Sr. Solina Hicks

Educator, artist

Mercy Sister Solina (Alice) Hicks, 105, died Sept. 23.

Born in Wisconsin, Sister Solina attended Mercy High School in Milwaukee and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1934.

Her first assignment was as a kindergarten and first-grade teacher at St. Cecilia, Chicago.

After 10 years of teaching in Chicago Catholic schools, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1952 from Saint Xavier College and a master of fine arts degree in 1954 from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. Upon graduation, she began her life’s work as an art teacher, and always as a working artist.

Sister Solina was the original designer of the art department at Saint Xavier College’s new campus in 1954. She served as its first chair from then until 1965. She created the Saint Xavier College shield which is still in use today.

Her own work was controversial as she introduced the college community to modern art. “If the church has to deal with the modern then there has to be modern art in the church,” she said.

Always a progressive, Sister Solina’s later experiences included teaching art at an alternative school for Mexican Americans in California. She also spent time on a Navajo reservation in Arizona.

At 105 years old, Sister Solina was the oldest Sister of Mercy in the West Midwest Community.

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